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Cattleya percivaliana

This is a discussion on Cattleya percivaliana within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Cattleya percivaliana is my theoretically favourite species Catt. I say that because when I started ...

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    Cattleya percivaliana is my theoretically favourite species Catt. I say that because when I started the present cattleya collection and spent a lot of time studying form, and made lists, this species was always top of the list.
    Practice is sometimes different to theory. I have had my first example of the genus for about 4 years now; it was bought FS and now fills a 7 or 8 inch pot with its bulbs, which never get any larger ( about 3-4 inches high, thicker than my thumb ( I have large hands), but it has never shown the slightest inclination that it knows what flowering means.
    This one which I am showing is my first example of the genus to flower, and I found the flowers today - not sure how long they have been open. Very poor substance and less than perfect shape - but in crossing the equator and the Atlantic, it arrived with no live roots ( normal, this ) and has just one set of roots, formed late last year - this species roots before it flowers. So it should get better, year by year from here on. This example was btw the most expensive plant in my entire collection....
    I have another two examples. One is the albescens form, came last year, and has disappeared into the collection and I don't remember what state it is at, and the fourth and latest is due to arrive here at the end of March, and is a meristem propagation of a highly awarded form which the Chadwicks say is one of the two best forms of this species - and incidentally will take over the mantle of being the most epensive plant I have ever bought myself . ( I have been told that I can't take it with me when I go , and I don't mean cattleyas).
    And, for all its imperfections, I am starting to love this particular example shown here.

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    Itís beautiful. The form is nice, the color divine.
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    It has a few problems but from the shape it was in when you got it to now looks like you have something to look forward too, nicely done Geoff!

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    Love the colors!

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    I have a C. pervicaliana I bought as a tiny little plant a couple years ago. It is the 'Summit' clone. It is in bud right now for the first time and I'm hella excited! You are correct, yours is not perfect, but I think it's still lovely, and you can look forward to better flowers next time.

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    Nice one Geoff did you notice the smell like a smash cockroach?

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    did you notice the smell like a smash cockroach?
    Zain- I can't stop laughing but when I do I'm going to go hunt down a cockroach and step on it so I can understand what percivaliana smells like.

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    When I was small, there was a ditty which went :-

    Ourís is a nice Ď ouse ours is,
    Its got no rats nor mouses,
    Nor wimmin in eveniní blouses...

    There was not any line about cockroaches..
    . i guess they really want temperatures way above Uk - except in restaurant kitchens , which is perhaps ( ?)the only place you might find them in UK. And since I have never been in one, I doínt know what squashed roach smells like.
    Correction, I can go and smell percivaliana..
    Oh d**n , itís gone over. Have to wait another year.

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    Nice flower Geoff! I have to say any mention of a cockroach makes me physically ill. So I'll concentrate on the flower

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keysguy View Post
    Zain- I can't stop laughing but when I do I'm going to go hunt down a cockroach and step on it so I can understand what percivaliana smells like.
    Ha Ha Ha Leigh interesting you can try it but I don't like the smell is terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    When I was small, there was a ditty which went :-

    Our’s is a nice ‘ ouse ours is,
    Its got no rats nor mouses,
    Nor wimmin in evenin’ blouses...

    There was not any line about cockroaches..
    . i guess they really want temperatures way above Uk - except in restaurant kitchens , which is perhaps ( ?)the only place you might find them in UK. And since I have never been in one, I do’nt know what squashed roach smells like.
    Correction, I can go and smell percivaliana..
    Oh d**n , it’s gone over. Have to wait another year.
    Next season Geoff should be very fast.

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